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French says iCons experience helped her create renewable energy workshop for children

Hannah French '15, a graduate of the iCons program, developed a one-day workshop to help children understand energy and its renewable and non-renewable sources. French says her experience in the iCons program helped her because she worked with students who had interests different from hers and they were able to complement each other’s skills and knowledge. Nashoba Publishing

Staub writes HuffPost column about the need for police to intervene to stop other cops from using violence

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus, Psychological and Brain Sciences, wrote a column for the Huffington Post about how police officers should intervene when they see other officers using unlawful or unnecessary force or violence.

Bloniarz interviewed by WAMC about urban environment workshops

David V. Bloniarz, Environmental Conservation, was interviewed by WAMC Northeast Public Radio about a series of workshops highlighting the importance of trees, birds, and water in urban neighborhoods that UMass Amherst, the U.S. Forest Service, and the city of Springfield have been holding.

Maresca research reveals details of error correction in cell division

Cell biologists led by Thomas Maresca, Biology, have reported an advance in Current Biology in understanding the workings of an error correction mechanism that helps cells detect and correct mistakes in cell division early enough to prevent chromosome mis-segregation and aneuploidy, that is, having too many or too few chromosomes. Aneuploidy is believed to promote tumorigenesis and tumor evolution in somatic or non-sex cells, and causes genetic disorders such as Down syndrome when it occurs in sex cells.,, Health Care News, Science Daily, news release

Burand tells state legislature that varroa mites are the top reason for bee colony collapse

John P. Burand, Microbiology, told a legislative hearing in Boston looking at the collapse of honeybee hives in the state that banning chemicals called neonicotinoids only addresses part of the problem. He said Varroa mites are the top cause of bee colony collapse. Boston Globe

Kopera says scientists watch local weather as part of preparation for future severe weather

Joseph P. Kopera, Geosciences, told WWLP-TV 22 that scientists are keeping a close watch on local weather events such as the flash flooding on Route 9 in Williamsburg on July 28, as part of an overall effort to be prepared for more severe weather in the future.

Markowitz and colleagues find 40 to 65 percent of adults worldwide haven't heard of climate change

Using data from the largest cross-sectional survey of climate change perceptions ever conducted, researchers including Ezra Markowitz, Environmental Conservation, have found that about 40 percent of adults worldwide have never heard of climate change. This rises to more than 65 percent in some developing countries. The results indicate that to be most effective, climate-related messages must be tailored to public awareness and perceptions specific to each nation, as published in Nature Climate Change. Blue & Green Tomorrow, Science Newsline, International Business Times, Life Sciences World, Scientific American, Eurasia Review, Red Lake Nation News,, Terra Daily, news release

Rawlins finds climate models disagree on strength of northern Eurasia land sink

In a new assessment of nine climate model simulations provided by major international modeling centers, Michael Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center, and colleagues found broad disagreement in the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) annually sequestered in tundra and boreal ecosystems of Northern Eurasia, a vast, understudied region of the world, as published in Biogeosciences (PDF). Rawlins also identified a trend among the nine models that shows the region’s land carbon sink has been strengthening in recent decades, drawing in more carbon than expected but lately showing signs of weakening.,, Terra Daily,, news release

Owen is featured interview in SportsTurf magazine

Mary C. Owen, UMass Extension, was featured in the July issue of SportsTurf, the official publication of the national Sports Turf Managers Association, in a department called The Interview.

Buckley named director of Mass. Fisheries and Wildlife

Alumnus Jack Buckley has been named the new director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He is also a former project leader at the Massachusetts Cooperative Fishery Research Unit at UMass Amherst that studies the endangered shortnose sturgeon. The Outdoor Wire

Siervert to lead team developing ultrasonic whistle to deter bats from wind turbines

A team of researchers at UMass Amherst and Texas A&M University is developing a blade-mounted, ultrasonic whistle for wind turbines that will protect bats by warning them to stay away. Paul R. Sievert, Environmental Conservation, will direct the UMass Amherst project. His CNS colleagues include Elizabeth Dumont, Biology, and Zara Dowling, Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate and part of the Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program. The project is funded by a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy and a $62,500 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Republican, WFCR, Daily Hampshire Gazette, WNPR, Boston Herald, Washington Times, San Antonio Express-News, Fox 25, The Day, WPRI-TV, Hydrogen Fuel News, Wind Systems, news release

Rawlins interviewed on WBZ News Radio about El Niño's possible impact on N.E. weather

Michael A. Rawlins, Geosciences and manager, the Climate System Research Center, was interviewed on WBZ News Radio 1030 about the strengthening El Niño weather system in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Central and South America, which he says could impact on new England's weather next winter.

Allyn featured in article about 2015 Summer Gulf of Maine Coastal Ecosystem Survey

A feature story notes that Andrew J. Allyn, an Environmental Conservation doctoral candidate, is taking part in the 2015 Summer Gulf of Maine Coastal Ecosystem Survey. He says although much is still unknown about the coastal waters off Maine, the survey hopes to learn more about the waters that are up to 15 miles from the shore and up to 200 feet deep. Boothbay Register

Pocar listed as one of 9 scientists who are changing the way we view space

Andrea P. Pocar, Physics, is listed as one of “9 scientists who are changing the way we view space.” He is cited for his work tracking neutrinos that shows that the sun creates energy by using fusing protons. Business Insider

Whitbourne says depressed people are not more inclined toward violence, in Republican interview

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed in a Republican story about reports that the man who killed five service members in Tennessee suffered from depression. She said that depressed people don’t “commit acts of violence” and that idea that “depression or mental illness leads to violent acts is generally not true.”

USA Today lists natural resources conservation at UMass Amherst as one of five majors for environmentally minded students

A feature story in USA Today about five majors for environmentally minded students lists UMass Amherst's major in natural resources conservation as a good way to prepare for careers in environmental consulting or planning, forest, park management, and environmental law.

Whitbourne featured on Real Simple's "I Want to Like You" podcast about know-it-alls

Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed for "I Want to Like You," a blog produced by Real Simple, about how to deal with know-it-alls.

Weaver, Danylchuk, Goddard, Nugen, Vogel, Woodruff, Oblomkov, Kim, Briseno, and Minter awarded tenure

The University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees has approved tenure for the following faculty in the College of Natural Sciences: Gabriela Weaver, Chemistry; Andy J. Danylchuk, Environmental Conservation; Julie Goddard and Sam Nugen, Food Science; Eve Vogel and Jonathan Woodruff, Geosciences; Alexi Oblomkov and DaeYoung Kim, Mathematics and Statistics; Alejandro L. Briseno, Polymer Science and Engineering; and Lisa Minter, Veterinary and Animal Sciences. A hearty and warm congratulations to all on this momentous occasion.

USDA grant to allow Kinchla team to work with small farms and growers on food safety

Researchers led by Amanda Kinchla, Food Science, will work with small farms and growers on food safety, through the support of a recent award of a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) five-year, $241,000 grant. The award comes through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s National Needs Graduate Fellowship Grant Program. Quality Assurance magazine, news release

Moorman PNAS study clarifies prefrontal neurons’ roles in flexible behavior

Results of a new study by David E. Moorman, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and colleagues suggest that adjusting behavior based on previous events involves an unexpected mix of neurons working together in the brain’s prefrontal cortex, as published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.,, Science Daily, news release

Fish and wildlife report by Staudinger, Morelli, and Bryan supported by Gazette and Amherst Bulletin editorials

Editorials in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and Amherst Bulletin, says a recent report written by Michelle Staudinger, Toni Lyn Morelli, and postdoctoral fellow Alexander Bryan, all in Environmental Conservation, updating 10-year state wildlife action plans of 22 state agencies, shows that climate change is a bigger concern than ever before. news release

Kelly interviewed on WFCR about her new blog about the biology of sex and reproduction

Diane Kelly, Psychological and Brain Sciences, was interviewed by WFCR about the new blog “Throb” she is hosting on Gizmodo about the biology of sex and reproduction.

Riley gives TEDx talk about new antimicrobial drug platform

Margaret Riley, Biology, delivered a TEDx talk about a new antimicrobial drug platform.

Eureka! program featured in Republican

The Eureka! program that serves teenaged girls from the Springfield and Holyoke area about STEM subjects and is cohosted by the College of Natural Sciences and Girls Inc. of Holyoke was the subject of a feature story in the Republican.

Deconto finds that sea levels rise due to polar ice-sheet mass loss during past warm periods

Robert M. Deconto, Geosciences, and colleagues have reviewed the various methods used to reconstruct the relationship between past sea-level rise and climate change and find that we are on the verge of understanding how quickly the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets may respond to warming, and what the rates of sea-level change might be, as published in Science. Supercomputing Online News, News release